The Audi A4 Saloon is an executive car with a ground-breaking MMI infotainment system to back up its glossy aesthetic. Sophisticated beyond its years, the A4 Saloon is a classic all-rounder.
Beautiful car inside and out
Comfortable and practical - makes for a good family car
Handling isn’t as good as rivals
Higher trims are really expensive
The Audi A4 Saloon is a great compact saloon that will also keep the family happy. Even the most basic trim has got a great amount of tech, and Audi's MMI infotainment system is fantastic. The petrol and diesel engines both have respectable fuel economy and decent CO2 emissions. There's plenty of engine options available, so you can find the sweet spot between low running costs and powerful performance.
The driving experience is excellent. The A4 Saloon is powerful, smooth, and as good on city streets as it is on the motorway. It stands it's own against similarly priced executive cars, like the Lexus IS. Both the six-speed manual and the seven-speed automatic gearbox perform well, and make for a relaxed driving experience.
For a saloon, the Audi A4 offers plenty of practicality. There's enough boot space for day-to-day life, offering 480 litres of room. Overall, the Audi A4 Saloon is a pleasure to live with - it's visually stunning, luxurious, practical, and drives well. What more can you ask for?
The Audi A4’s entry level trim feels anything but basic. The Technik trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and premium tech, like the signature Audi Virtual Cockpit, sat nav, three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and heated front seats.
The Sport trim adds a few extra features to the technik. Obviously, it packs sportier style choices, like front sport seats, slick front and rear bumpers, as well as 18-inch wheels.
Even sportier, the S Line comes equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels and a lower sport suspension. It also comes with LED headlights, and S Line decorations dotted around the car. In addition, the pedals in the car are stainless steel, which is a very nice touch!
The highest end trim available, the Black Edition has all the features of the S line but with a few aesthetic differences. The grille, window trims, sporty rear spoiler, and air intakes all are jet black, making for an intimidating (in a good way) looking car.
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The A4 Saloon received a much needed facelift in 2019. Prior to that, the saloon model was pretty dull looking - it didn’t stand out much from the waves of other saloons.
Now however, the A4 Saloon packs more aggressive styling choices, with a nice combination of sporty styling and elegance. This classy redesign ensures that the new Audi A4 can compete with the likes of the intimidating BMW 3 Series Saloon, the luxurious Mercedes C-Class Saloon, and the classic Jaguar XE.
The Audi A4 Saloon comes with 6 engine choices: 3 petrol and 3 diesel.
The entry level is the 35 TFSI 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. With a respectable 150hp and 270Nm of torque this car doesn’t feel anything like an entry level car. Going from 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds, the 35 TFSI is a great option.
A popular mid-range option is the A5 40 TFSI Black Edition 2dr S Tronic which packs in a 2.0-litre turbo with 245hp and 370 NM of torque. Revving from 0-62mph of 7.3 seconds and an official mpg of 47.1 (more like 40 in real life), this is a great option if you need performance and efficiency.
The top of the range is the Audi S4 TDI, which comes with an incredible 347hp diesel engine and 700Nm of torque. The Audi S4 TDI goes from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, while still netting a respectable 40.9mpg!
As standard, the Audi A4 Saloon comes in front-wheel drive. However, if you want all-wheel drive for extra power, you can opt for an Audi “quattro” model.
The A4 Saloon is a seriously comfortable car. Even the most basic trim, the Technik, comes with four-way lumbar support adjustment. Any trim higher than this also comes with better, sportier seats that keep you nice and secure around corners.
That being said, you’d have more fun in other saloons, like the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which offers a way sportier driving position. That’s not to say that the A4 isn’t great, however - just not the best in class!
The A4 has often fallen short in the handling department, and this still rings true. While there’s definitely a much better feedback element, it’s still no match for the likes of a BMW 3 Series Saloon. You can see our full breakdown of the Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series in our post.
Funnily enough, the basic trim (Technik), offers the most comfortable drive experience. The bigger alloy wheels and lower suspension on trims like the S-Line offer a more sporty driving experience, but you definitely feel more of the road. All models feature an adaptive suspension, which works brilliantly.
Audi A4 Saloon Interior
The Audi A4 Saloon is a great looking car inside, with comfortable and high-quality materials throughout. It also has a solid offering of tech, even on the most basic trims.
The Audi A4 Saloon’s cabin is really stylish, and feels premium without being over-the-top. While not as sporty as the BMW 3 Series, or as luxurious as the Mercedes C-Class, the A4 offers a nice happy medium. The aluminium and premium plastic trims make the car a really high-class affair. The Audi A4 Saloon feels bombproof.
All Audi models in the A4 line-up come as standard with an excellent 10-inch widescreen infotainment system. It comes with everything you’d expect: DAB radio, Bluetooth, sat nav, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
The Audi A4 also comes standard with a Virtual Cockpit which replaces boring old analogue speedos and rev-counters with an amazing screen. You can configure this to display full-screen sat nav directions, which is really useful.
While the A4 Saloon’s regular 10-speaker sound system is good, we recommend upgrading to the 20-speaker, 755W Bang & Olufsen sound system if you like to crank up the tunes on your morning commute. You can pick this up in Audi’s 'Comfort and Sound' pack.
While it’s a good system, the Audi MMI infotainment system isn’t quite as good as BMW’s, which has a small control wheel on the centre console that you can use to easily navigate the screen with. It feels a lot more intuitive than the reliance on a touchscreen.
The Audi A4 Saloon is a really practical car. The boot space is generous for a saloon, and while it’s never going to be as practical as the Audi A4 Avant, it does the job well.
Length - 4726mm
Width - 1841 mm
Height - 1427 mm
This Audi A4 is quite a big car for its range. It’s slightly longer than rivals like the BMW 3 Series, so it’s a touch more practical, making it easier to transport awkward furniture! With a decent height, the A4 Saloon is perfectly comfortable for 5 adults, and is particularly nice in the cabin.
Seats up - 500 litres. The A4’s boot isn’t anything special, but it's plenty spacious for the odd airport run, and is more than enough for the big monthly shop. You can easily fit in 4-5 large suitcases in the boot.
Seats down - 965 litres. Considerably less space than the Audi A4 Avant, that’s just the price you pay when you opt for the executive car saloon option instead of an estate!
Other storage - There’s plenty of door-storage, which can comfortably fit 2 litre bottles and whatever else you might need to keep in the car!
Front Headroom: 1038mm
Back Headroom: 953mm
The headroom in the A4 is much better than the BMW 3 Series, and is pretty much the same as the Mercedes-Benz C Class. The height in the back makes sure it’s comfortable for taller passengers.
Legroom: There’s plenty of rear legroom in both the front and back, so there’s no issue trying to catch a quick sleep in the back.
The Audi A4 Saloon comes with a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating, so you can rest easy knowing that you and your passengers are as safe as possible. Audi models have great safety features, such as the automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning. Lane-departure assist is also helpful when you’re on a long motorway drive.
If you want a luxury car with reasonable running costs, the Audi A4 could be for you. With low CO2 emissions, and a great fuel economy (particularly on diesels), the Audi A4 is an easy car to live with.
The Audi A4 Saloon has decent fuel economy, with MPGs ranging from 36 mpg (for the fastest models), to 55 mpg for ultra-efficient diesels.
Audi’s diesel options provide the best emissions, with the most eco-friendly option coming in at 102g/km.
Don’t worry too much if you fancy a petrol though, the 35 TFSI starts from 127g/km - so there’s not a huge difference anymore.
Audi's insurance group is about standard for the car's size. For the entry level models with less power, you can expect a group rating of around 22. For high-performance models like the TFSI 45, you can expect a hefty insurance premium with a group of 33.
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While Audi reliability stats aren't the best in the world, you you shouldn’t anticipate too many problems with the Audi A4 Saloon. That being said, it’s comforting to have a decent warranty, should disaster strike.
Audi offers a 3yr/60,000 mile warranty. With brands like Kia offering huge 7 year warranties, this is nothing special. Audi’s German rivals BMW also offer a better warranty - offering 3 years with no mileage limit. It’s better, however, than Mercedes 2 year/50,000 mile warranty.
If you want to know more about the ins and outs of Audi warranty check out our explainer article.
For those who drive short distances and in town a lot, Audi recommends a fixed service schedule - every 9,000 miles or 1 year.
For those who are typically driving long distances on the motorway, they recommend flexible - up to 19,000 miles or every 2 years.
For an easy life, consider the ‘Audi Complete Plan’. This is available when you buy a new car from Audi, and you can pay monthly instalments for 3 types of scheduled maintenance.
The 3 types are:
Service - all services for the first 3 years.
Service and maintenance - same as above but with engine, suspension, gearbox, and brake components cover. You also get three years breakdown cover added in!
Service, maintenance, tyres - All of the above but covers any issues with tyres, including replacement as needed (fair wear and tear applies).